Christmas Musings

Christmas is here. Looking at my life right now, though, you’d never know.

Maybe it was the 70 degree weather earlier this week or the complete lack of Christmas decorations in my house. Maybe it’s the chaos of transition, the nasty cold that hit me two weeks ago or the absence of freshly baked Christmas cookies in my kitchen.

Maybe it’s my busy-ness. I’ve been busy. So busy, in fact, that I’ve let the busy-ness of life drown out the joy that accompanies the Christmas season–the joy that comes with celebrating the birth of the One who came to redeem my sinful life.

You can hear Carrie Underwood belt “O Holy Night” and Michael Buble croon “Silent Night” in practically every shopping mall across America this time of year. That’s one of the things that I love (and hate at the same time) about Christmas: the Gospel is clearly proclaimed over and over wherever you go. Unfortunately, many, if not most of us choose not to take the time to really listen and absorb the rich, deep messages in these carols.

In church on Sunday, we sang a few songs that really made me think.

For example, in “O Holy Night,” we sing:

Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

I just love how this verse so beautifully paints a picture of our life before Christ and after Christ.

Life without Christ is exhausting. Sin entangles us. Our worth is found in our talents, which fail us; our relationships, which fall apart and our own good works, which are never good enough. Our hearts yearn for something more.

Life with Christ, however, is freeing. Our worth is in Christ alone.

It isn’t until we are in a relationship with Christ that we discover our true worth. Our value isn’t found in our talents, relationship status or our own good doing, it’s in Christ, who will never fail us.

This discovery brings joy and hope. It brings new life.

In “Joy to the World,” we sing these words:

Joy to the world! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing

The phrase, “Let every heart prepare Him room” really convicts me.

How am I preparing room for Christ in my own heart? Honestly, I’ve been doing anything but! I keep stuffing my heart and life with more and more “stuff.” I’m not taking the daily time that I should to cleanse my heart by reading the Bible, communicating with my Savior and worshipping Him.

Even after we have new life, it’s so easy to slip back into our old mindsets and behaviors. We buy back into the lies of our worth, and we become weary yet again. So, we must combat that by intentionally preparing room in our hearts for our Savior. So, let’s do that by falling on our knees and worshipping Him. O come let us adore Him!

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord


One response

  1. what a wonderful catalyst to spur us on to pursuit of more than busyness! And carols of worship remind us He is our source of life, peace, love and grace. May your blog motivate us to receive this gift and pass it on!

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